The Good Fight (Image: Racing Photos)
Michael Moroney's New Zealand stayer The Good Fight relished Saturday's bleak weather when outstaying his rivals in the $150,000 Flemington Cup 1849 (2800m).
The Good Fight, ridden by Ben Melham with the topweight of 60kg, defeated Sweet Thomas by half a length, with Saunter Boy a further 3.5 lengths away in third.
The Good Fight won his first Group race three starts ago in May when he claimed the G3 Rotorua Cup (2200m) on Heavy ground.
Flemington was downgraded from Soft 5 to Soft 6 ahead of the Flemington Cup 1849 but easily gave the impression of being rated worse with rain failing and jockeys mud-spattered.
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The Good Fight was safely held at his local debut in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on June 5 but made good late ground at Caulfield over 2000 metres on June 26 when fifth behind No Effort with Melham aboard.
"I thought he was good on the line and through the line the other day," Melham said.
"He's quite casual, he doesn't have a lot of speed early and you can't mess around with his racing pattern too much.
"I let him be happy for the first half and when the rain came it really suited him."
Moroney's stable representative Jack Turnbull suggested The Good Fight would remain in work through the winter in search of similar wet tracks.
Meanwhile, Jamie Kah said South Pacific was 'disappointing' after finishing seventh.
South Pacific settled in the box seat from barrier 13 of 14 and enjoyed a lovely run through the first half of the race but an early bid for victory from the fourth-placed Pissaro appeared to foil his chances as he compounded inside the final 200m.
"He got forced out of his comfort zone early when the pressure came on," Kah said.